Parents look to the use of infant car seats as a means of keeping their child safe, so it is disconcerting to learn of a recall of about 23,000 such units by Britax Child Safety Inc., of Charlotte, N.C.
These car seats have been deemed hazardous because the harness chest clip can break and pose a laceration hazard. Due to its small size it also poses a choking hazard.
The firm has received four reports of the chest clip breaking. Injuries from three reports included minor lacerations and scratches to arms and a finger; and one report involved an infant placing the clip in his mouth.
This recall involves Chaperone infant car seats with model numbers E9L95P2 (Red Mill), E9L95P3, E9L95P5 (Cowmooflage), E9L69N9 (Moonstone) manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010. The white serial label with the seat’s serial number, model number, and manufacture date can be found on the underside of the car seat.
The car seats were sold at mass and independent retailers nationwide and on the Britax website from June 2009 to October 2010 for about $230.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Britax for a free repair kit, which includes a replacement chest clip. Registered owners have been directly contacted by Britax. This product was also recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Britax at (888) 427-4829 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.britax.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell them about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.
For a photo of this recalled item, see: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11031.html